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Gilbert pays tribute to a veteran comedian whose famously grating act belies his thoughtful personality -- and anchors a surprisingly insightful film.



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Gilbert Gottfried found fame in the 1980s, when he became widely known for his off-beat comedy and brash personality. He has since reinvented himself as a family man, a transition explored in this documentary, which also explores the hilarity and poignance of his life. Directed by Neil Berkeley.

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The last thing the world needs right now is another portrait about the fraternity of comedians and their hardscrabble existence as America's schlubbiest road warriors... but "Gilbert" rises above the glut thanks to the strength of its subject.

Aug 14, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…

In Neil Berkeley's fascinating, very funny and sometimes quite melancholy "Gilbert," we get to see the hunched-over, eccentric, surprisingly thoughtful man behind the comedic myth...

Nov 30, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

The film's least persuasive passages come when some of the interviewed comics decry what they see as PC culture... But if you're a fan of Gottfried, you'd know he's always tried to be on the right side of the joke...

Nov 9, 2017 | Full Review…

A tenderly observed, remarkably insightful keeper. No joke.

Nov 9, 2017 | Full Review…

But while Gilbert may not break ground with its angle, its contemplative take on what separates Gottfried as a performer from Gottfried as a person is interesting enough to drive the film, even if you may not particularly like his stand-up.

Nov 9, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

You may or may not walk away from "Gilbert" a Gilbert Gottfried fan, but either way the movie makes you glad he exists.

Nov 8, 2017 | Full Review…

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